Canucks goalie prospect Thatcher Demko has a sense of humour.
In his rookie season of professional hockey with the Utica Comets, the 21-year-old unveiled a goalie mask with the Trailer Park Boys featured on the back plate.
— Thatcher Demko (@tdemko30) September 27, 2016
Midway through the season, Demko stepped up his mask game. The San Diego native chose a big picture of Ron Burgundy, the character played by Will Ferrell in Anchorman.
Demko’s having fun with his mask again this season, thanks to the work of artist David Gunnarsson.
Ferrell is joined by John C. Reilly on the new design which depicts Brennan Huff and Dale Doback, characters from the 2008 movie Step Brothers.
But it’s not all fun and games on the back of Demko’s mask. He gives a nod to his alma mater, Boston College, as well as his home state, California.
Most importantly, Demko honours his friend Ian Jenkins, who passed away six years ago. Jenkins, who was a promising young goaltending prospect, was only 15 when he died.
The words ‘BIG E,’ and “have a purpose in life” are featured, along with Jenkins’ No. 35 (also worn by Demko). ‘Big E’ is a foundation in the memory of Jenkins.
Here’s a look at the rest of his mask:
Demko is widely viewed as the Canucks’ goaltender of the future. Barring injury, he’ll play next season with Utica as he gains experience playing professional hockey.